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LETTER: Spare all livestock (not just Waldo) from slaughter

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NORFOLK, Va. — It’s good news that Waldo, the steer who escaped from a Casselton, N.D., meat processing plant, has been sent to “greener pastures”: a sanctuary where he will be safe from the butcher’s knife.

If Herald readers would like to help other charismatic farmed animals like Waldo, they can. Simply try vegan foods.

All animals are individuals with personalities and feelings. Cows, for example, have long-term memories and complex problem-solving skills. These gentle animals lick one another as a sign of affection and mourn when they lose a loved one.

If Waldo had gone to slaughter, he likely would have been shot in the head with a captive-bolt gun, then hung upside-down and had his throat cut. If the bolt had missed its mark, as often happens, he would have been dismembered while still conscious.

Not all animals are able to escape like this resourceful steer did, but none of them want to be killed. They value their lives just as we value ours.

To help animals like Waldo, we urge Herald readers to try mock meats and other tasty vegan foods rather than meat and dairy products. Visit PETA.org for free vegan recipes and product suggestions.

Heather Moore

Moore works for the PETA Foundation. The foundation assists PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, an animal-rights group.

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